Kent Koth is one of many employees
who commute by bike.
To sign up for these commuter programs, contact the Dept. of Public Safety & Transportation.
Guaranteed Ride Home
The University pays for a cab ride home in case of an emergency for employees who do not take their car to work.
Employees who are registered walkers receive a complementary parking card for five days of parking each month should they need to park on campus.
Evening Shuttle. Public Safety provides an evening shuttle to students and employees who live near campus. This allows those who walk to campus during the short winter months an option to walking home in the dark. This shuttle can also be used by employees to connect to transit stops that may be difficult to reach in the evening due to off peak operational hours of existing bus routes.
Employees who are registered bicyclists receive a complementary parking card for five days of parking each month should they need to park on campus. There is a locker room and showers on the Student Center’s first floor for students and employees. To rent a locker, contact the Campus Assistance Center in the Student Center. There are 40 covered bike spaces in the Murphy Parking Garage for students and employees.
Transit & Ferry Programs
ORCA Pass. Employees pay $10 a month for a university subsidized ORCA Pass that includes: bus and train travel across three counties, Van Pools and Van Sharing subsidy, and anemergency taxi ride home if needed. ORCA Pass holders receive a complementary parking card for up to five days of parking each month should they need to park on campus.
Students receive a 55% subsidized rate for regional passes or approximately 70% reduction for a City wide pass or County wide pass.
Walk On Ferry. The University gives a 75% subsidy, so employees pay only 25% of the walk on pass face value.
Transit Itinerary Assistance. The Public Safety Office assists students and employees with planning their commute using the regional transit and ferry systems.
Online Transit Planners
King County’s Trip PlannerGoogle Transit
Zipcar. Zipcar is a car-sharing company which rents cars by the hour. A car is reserved at a moment’s notice or in advance through an online reservation. One Zipcar is parked outside the Murphy garage. Rates average $7/hour and include gas, insurance, cleaning, maintenance, and 150 miles/day.
Employees - leave your car at home and use the Zipcar for business related trips; you’ll get a free business membership, a complimentary 2.5 hours car rental and trips are charged to your department. And you can also sign up for a personal account to rent a Zipcar for personal use with a free one-year membership.
Students – If you’re over age 21, sign up for a student Zipcar membership and your annual fee is reduced to $25 a year (half off) and your application fee is waived.
Carpool. Employees and students who enroll in a carpool are guaranteed to only pay 25% of the cost of a Single Occupancy Vehicle Parking Permit and enjoy premium parking spaces.
SOV Permit/Ride Sharing. Employees and students who want to occasionally carpool together when schedules allow will receive assistance from Public Safety to form a carpool via zip code matching and share fuel costs and a Single Occupancy Vehicle Parking Permit.
Maxi Pool. The on campus parking fee is waived for carpools of four or more students and employees.
Vanpool and Van Share. King County Metro supplies a van for a group of employees and students to commute together, or provides access to other institution’s vanpools commuting between similar locations. The group shares Metro’s van use fee and SU waives the on campus parking fee for vans parked on campus. In a vanpool, one group member keeps the vehicle at their home. In a van share, the van is kept at a train station, ferry dock, or park and ride where the group meets.